Harvard rescinded the offers of at least ten incoming freshmen mid-April for sharing what it termed “offensive” memes and messages, as reported Sunday. The memes pertained to the Holocaust, suicide, racism, pedophilia, and bestiality.
Incoming freshmen sent pictures of the memes, as well as accompanying dialogue to The Tab. Students’ admission offers were likely retracted for “engag[ing] in behavior that brings into question [their] honesty, maturity, or moral character,” a provision Harvard states on its official Facebook page for the Class of 2021.
Here are some of the memes that appeared in the group chat, which went by the names “Harvard memes for bourgeois teens” and “General Fuckups”:
Other memes joked about beating dead Mexicans who hanged themselves like piñatas and wondering if one’s disabled after not getting an erection at a funeral.
“The Admissions Committee was disappointed to learn that several students in a private group chat for the Class of 2021 were sending messages that contained offensive messages and graphics,” said Harvard in an email sent to students in the group. “We are asking that you submit a statement by tomorrow at noon to explain your contributions and actions for discussion with the Admissions Committee.”